ECU // LAV Joins Amicus Brief in Independent State Legislature Theory Case

End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund joined an amicus brief, along with other democracy reform organizations, filed by Campaign Legal Center in Moore v. Harper, a case that will be heard at the Supreme Court on December 7th. 

The brief urges the Supreme Court to uphold the checks on partisan gerrymandering by state courts and independent redistricting commissions. 

“This case is based on the radical, fringe independent state legislature theory, which argues that state legislatures should have complete, unfettered control to enact partisan gerrymandered congressional maps without any checks or balances,” said ECU // LAV Action Fund President Tiffany Muller. “The Supreme Court must reject this theory and ensure that state constitutions, state courts, and independent redistricting commissions can serve as a defense against extreme partisan gerrymandering. Otherwise, extremist partisan state legislators will have even more power to manipulate our democracy and silence the will of voters.”  

As the brief states, partisan gerrymandering is undemocratic and violates the fundamental rights of Americans. If the Supreme Court sides with the proponents of the independent state legislature theory here, it will strike a major blow to American representative democracy and lead to exacerbated polarization, extremism, and dysfunction. 

Click here to read the amicus brief.